MUMBAI: Hafez Darya Arya Shipping Lines (HDAS), a member of IRISL GROUP based in Iran, signed an agreement with Kandla International Container Terminal (KICT) - part of J M BAXI GROUP in India, to start the first Direct Main Line Vessel connecting Iran, Iraq and Kandla.
This unique service is connecting Kandla with Bandar Abbas and Umm Qasr. The local trade in Gujarat will benefit directly due to lower THC and first mile transportation cost to Kandla.
This easily accessible facility will improve service efficiency and deliver goods faster as advised by Mr. Mahmoud Pishbin, India Representative of HDAS Line during his visit to KICT.
HDAS Line has 2 vessels deployed on this service. The First vessel, MV. Arezoo, sailed on 17th April 2017 and discharged 998 TEUs and loaded 607 TEUs for the rice exporters from Kandla to Iran and Iraq. The second vessel is expected to arrive Kandla on 23rd April 2017.
KICT has been awarded the concession by KoPT to develop the container terminal in Kandla. What makes it more unique is its proximity to merchants/ warehouses integrating all the operations to a single point of responsibility and accountability.
The terminal is equipped with rake handling lines and a sprawling rail-side handling area, which is more than adequate to service the 600000 TEUs per annum of throughput and there is enough adjoining land to enhance the rail handling and cargo handling facilities.
The Custom notified Container yard has 2500 ground slots ready with 48 reefer slots, a 100 MT weighbridge, Gate complexes, high quality lighting exchange of Export-Import traffic.
KICT is equipped with 4 reach-stackers, 4 Rail Mounted Quay Crane, 4 Rubber Tyred Gantry Crane, 4 Reach Stackers, Tractor Trailers are a few among others. The terminal boasts of a high level of CCTV coverage, both inside and outside the yard areas.
Mr. Mahmoud Pishbin, India representative of HDAS Line further advised that the decision to launch the service from KICT was to provide the logistics costs advantage to the Indian Exporters and Importers, both Local and at North India ICDs, as KICT was now rail connected to ICD Sonepat.
Effective 3rd April 2017, KICT is now connected to Northern India by Rail, connecting KICT to DICT -Delhi International Container Terminal situated in Sonepat which is a major rice growing belt thereby benefitting the agricultural exports from North India, informed a KICT release.